Learn About Guatemala

Guatemala has a population of 14 million people, with 40-60 percent of the population considered indigenous. In 1954, a US-sponsored coup initiated a civil war in Guatemala that lasted until 1996. Despite ending over a decade ago, ramifications of the civil war are still apparent. Severe shortages in health care, education, and basic commodities are exacerbated by inequality in the distribution of wealth throughout the country.

World Bank
World Health Organization



In Testimony, Guatemalans Give Account of Suffering
New York Times, April 2013

On the Brink of Justice in Guatemala
New York Times, March 2013

As Biofuel Demand Grows, So Do Guatemala’s Hunger Pangs
New York Times, January 2013

More Guns = More Killing
New York Times, January 2013

Guatemala: The Secret Files
Frontline World, May 2008



In Guatemala, Never-Before-Seen Mayan Artwork Is Discovered
Washington Post, May 2012

Guatemalan Sugar Cane Harvest Underway
Washington Post, November 2011

Foraging Through the Deadly “Mine”
Washington Post, November 2011

A Dangerous Borderland
Washington Post, June 2011

Assessing Labor Rights in Guatemala
Washington Post, March 2007

Journey to the Border
Washington Post, October 2005